GUILDFORD, England, July 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
School's out for summer and its party season for teenagers but it brings anxiety and expense for parents.
40% of parents have reported that their home was damaged as a result of a teenage party.
Parents told insurance company, Allianz that broken furniture, carpet damage and trampled gardens top the list of destruction. The average cost of the damage came in at £132 but some parents reported damage costing £500 or more to put right.
And damage isn't the only aftermath of a party - 38% of parents reported items had also gone missing.
Aside from worrying about potential breakages, parents are also concerned about alcohol and drugs being brought to parties with more than half saying they worry today's parties are more likely to get out of hand than when they were young.
Allianz found that although 31% would trust their own child to act responsibly as host, their main concern is the guests who turn up. This is recognised by teenagers with nearly one third admitting that they worry a party would get out of control.
However a teenage party doesn't have to be nightmare. One in four teenagers reported that their home hadn't been damaged following the party and a further 22% did own up if they'd had any accidents. A responsible one in five added that they would want their parents to stay nearby in case there was a problem.
Alan Gairns, product manager Allianz UK, commented: "Damage can happen at any party and it's important to plan ahead to look at how you can minimise any damage. So if you're letting your son or daughter host a party, make sure you move fragile or expensive items out of harm's way. Avoid candles and other flammable decorations, check your smoke alarm batteries and inform your neighbours so that they are ready for the extra noise."
Ultimately though it's all about how much you trust your child - one parent advised:
"Remember you were a teenager once so stay calm and don't sweat the small stuff. Give strict rules, and move breakables out the way. Stay happy and chilled with your teen - give them advice on what to do if things start to go wrong. Leave a contact number and make sure you set a time you'll be coming home."
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